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post #1 of 17 Old 01-30-2014, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Good affordable dual sport helmet!?

I've spent a lot of time looking for good helmet that doesn't go into $200+ range, and haven't been lucky yet.
Ended up buying this on amazon as it got good reviews but wasn't happy with the fit when I got it and it was too loud; GMAX GM11D (can't post links yet)

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I've got the AFX-DS39 Helmet - purchased off Revzilla.com

I think it was about $150 shipped. Overall, I like the helmet - as long as I'm wearing ear plugs while on the highway, because it allows a lot of wind noise.

Here's a link to the AFX helmets on Revzilla: http://www.revzilla.com/afx-helmets?...FeV_QgodrAoATQ

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I've spent a lot of time looking for good helmet that doesn't go into $200+ range, and haven't been lucky yet.
Ended up buying this on amazon as it got good reviews but wasn't happy with the fit when I got it and it was too loud; GMAX GM11D (can't post links yet)

Any suggestions?

HJC has some good models in your price range. I had an IS-16 that was nice it was $150ish.

WebBikeWorld is a good source for helmet info.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...le-helmets.htm

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Depends on fit but I'm alive thanks to AFX.

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My new AFX FX-41 shows up on the FedEx truck tomorrow.
i think I paid $128
Can't comment on it yet other then if i replaced my Shoei Hornet with another hornet, it would have cost 4x, but it was a comfortable helmet. Never felt the need to test its crashworthyness.

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I've come to the conclusion most DS helmets are all about the look. Don't get me wrong, I like the looks of them too. But I'd rather be wearing my MX helmet with goggles (yes even running down the highway) or my streetbike helmet.
With the shield down, the DS helmet lets in too much air, its too loud, and when you turn your head to the side the wind wants to turn it on your head, because of its oval shape.
With the shield up you can't see very good.
BUT all of that is just my opinion on my FX-39. I still wear it, but mainly because it looks cooler than my street helmet.

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I've got the AFX-DS39 Helmet - purchased off Revzilla.com

I think it was about $150 shipped. Overall, I like the helmet - as long as I'm wearing ear plugs while on the highway, because it allows a lot of wind noise.

Here's a link to the AFX helmets on Revzilla: http://www.revzilla.com/afx-helmets?...FeV_QgodrAoATQ
Bought my AFX-DS39 from Revzilla, also; EXCELLENT customer service.

I like the hat; road-tested it when I had a close encounter of the worst kind with a deer at 60 mph on asphalt.

I've just UPGRADED the lid with a (don't know what it's called, exactly) half-shield sun shade. This little addendum mounts right over the transparent shield, and can be pulled down or pushed up, leaving the full face shield in place. A GREAT convenience; no need to fumble for the sunglass goggle inserts, or carry separate tinted goggles/glasses. About $ 20, IIRC, and well worth that price.

Yet, now they've come out with the AFX-DS41; I think it already has a sun shade built in.

Were I replacing my AFX-DS39, I'd consider the successor AFX-DS41; so far, this series looks convenient, effective, and . . . AFFORDABLE! (Remember, we ARE KLRistas!)
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My new AFX FX-41 shows up on the FedEx truck tomorrow.
i think I paid $128
Can't comment on it yet other then if i replaced my Shoei Hornet with another hornet, it would have cost 4x, but it was a comfortable helmet. Never felt the need to test its crashworthyness.
After you road test the DS41, would you please provide some feedback as to the noise level, fit, etc?

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FWIW With regard to wind noise, I hope all of you wear earplugs when riding. I did not for many years and I have the hearing loss and tinnitus to prove it!

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I own one too (an AFX-37) but would have to agree with Savage that dualsport helmets are pretty much all about the look and I don't see that they offer any distinct advantage when it comes to "dualsporting." I can't recall a single time I've been glad I had a roost shield and for me it's really nothing more than a windcatcher and necktorquer; maybe a convenient sun block from time to time.

I think there are good offerings in the price range you're looking for, which is about my usual price range, but don't think you'll find true street helmet comfort and noise attenuation until you venture into the upper echelon of these helmets.

I've never owned a top of the line model, but it seems most people complain about the noise in the cheaper models and praise the fit, comfort and quietness of the nicer ones.

For what it's worth, I've always really liked my AFX-37. It's an older model and the newer, improved ones are probably even better.

I would also agree with Damocles that an internal, flip-down sun visor is a great feature.
My AFX doesn't have one, but my Bell Revolver modular does.



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